Istanbul court sentences US consulate employee over speculated support to 2016 coup

Pigeons fly outside the courthouse in Istanbul on December 11, 2019 during the trial of Metin Topuz, an US consulate staffer accused of spying and attempting to overthrow the government. Topuz, a Turkish citizen and liaison with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, was arrested in 2017 and has been accused of ties to US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen who Ankara says ordered a failed 2016 coup. (File photo)

An Istanbul court on Tuesday sentenced a local US consulate employee to jail for aiding the network Ankara accuses of attempting a 2016 coup, in a verdict that could further strain the ties between Turkey and the United States.

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Nazmi Mete Canturk, a Turkish security officer at the Istanbul consulate, was sentenced to five years and two months. The court did not arrest Canturk, meaning he will be free pending appeal.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 27 October 2020 KSA 18:07 - GMT 15:07